File sharing might feel like a religion for you, but in Sweden, it's now a church that has been formally recognized by the government. Copy and Distribute!
A Russian website that tracks and publicly posts the IP addresses and downloads of BitTorrent users has revealed that pretty much everyone downloads stuff illegally, including the RIAA, major movie and music studios, and even the Department of Homeland Security.
Piracy is tough to quantify. Company A will tell you that it lost X amount of dollars because of Y number of pirates. Comedian B instead made 200,000 sweet, sweet dollars (and counting) by deliberately not doing anything to stop piracy. It turned out well for Louis C.K., but the move is important for more than how it filled his wallet. Louis C.K. made his latest comedy special available for download for only $5. He didn't upload a torrent of it himself, of course, but he also rejected all of the usual protections, saying, "I made this video extremely easy to use against well-informed advice. I was told that it would be easier to torrent the way I made it, but I chose to do it this way anyway, because I want it to be easy for people to watch and enjoy this video in any way they want without 'corporate' restrictions." In other words, he allowed piracy through his actions, but he was hoping that wasn't what would happen. People torrent because it's free and easy. Turns out: easy may be more enticing than free.
You know what anti-piracy groups are supposed to be all about? That's right, pirating stuff. Oh, oops, I mean not pirating stuff. Yeah, sorry about that, but it's an easy mistake to make, seeing as these guys keep doing the exact opposite of anti-piracy.
An anti-piracy company went and found themselves a pirated beta demo of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, added a crack and a few tweaks, and then released it into the wild of torrent sites. But it turns out that they weren't doing anything illegal, honest, it was all just a big "experiment."
Fox has just instituted an eight-day delay between when a new show airs and when it becomes available online through Hulu. And wouldn't you know it, people would rather just pirate the shows than wait over a week.
Someday soon, navigating the information highways of the Internet may be a lot like driving on an actual road. Act reckless or stray outside the lines, and you could have your privileges taken away, or even be forced to attend copyright education classes. It's all in a potential deal being inked by ISPs and the various powers that be.
User streaming sites such as Justin.tv, Veetle and others have become popular destinations for folks looking to enjoy cable entertainment sans cable. No judgements here, friend, but the U.S. senate may not be so lenient: a new law could mean up to five years in prison for streamers of copyrighted content.
Netflix is insanely popular, with up to 40% of U.S. bandwidth being sucked up by it most evenings. But is it curbing piracy, too?
The Nintendo 3DS was just released in Japan on Friday, and within 24 hours of its launch, Japanese pirates were able to get the seemingly unsquashable R4 flash cart up and running to load pirated DS games. Mmm, the cat and mouse game continues.